Topsail Beach Housing Dispute

Eleven homes along the beach were damaged during hurricane Ophelia in 2005. After the storm, an inspector looked at the houses and cited they were uninhabitable and one hundred percent damaged. The homeowners did not agree with that and hired a lawyer, who then hired an inspector that found that they were only minimally damaged. The town went through a condemnation process and assessed each home to be worth only one thousand dollars. Ron Von Lembke, the attorney for the homeowners, says his appraiser found all homes to be livable and in a market value of four hundred to five hundred thousand dollars. The town now has ownership of the eleven homes.